Wildcats prevail handily in sloppy outingPublished 12:49pm Saturday, August 23, 2014
It wasn’t the most pristine performance, but it was a convincing one.
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats were able to keep the clamps on B.C. Rain in their season opener, as BRHS claimed a 38-13 victory over the visiting Red Raiders.
The Wildcats were able to grind away at the Red Raiders defense thanks to Chase Burton and Pac-man Norris, but for much of the night, the defense was the driving force for Benjamin Russell’s win.
However, a careless night from the offense was a blemish for the ‘Cats.
After committing a defensive holding penalty that negated a safety, BRHS was able to force a punt and set up for its first drive in enemy territory.
Ten plays later, Norris punched it in from five yards out to draw first blood for the Wildcats with 5:23 left in the opening quarter.
On their next two drives, the Wildcats coughed it up, but the defense was able to hold the Red Raiders out of the end zone.
A penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct later wiped an Orlando Henderson pick-six off the board for BRHS, but Norris closed the period with a 13 yard rush that put the ‘Cats inside the Red Raiders’ 5-yard line.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Wildcats’ found paydirt again when Burton scored from four yards out. A two-point conversion by Jacob Rogers made it 15-0.
“We kept them in the game in the first half. It should have been 35-0 at half but we kept them in it with turnovers. The first three quarters, our defense played really well. We got tired in the fourth, and I’m more disappointed in our conditioning than I am in the way we played,” BRHS coach Danny Horn said. “The turnovers and all of that, you can correct that, but I thought we were in better condition than what we were. Obviously, we need to work on that.”
BRHS added to its lead thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Sean Rape as the ‘Cats went into the break up 18-0.
In the third, Henderson forced a fumble that was scooped up by Brandon Lowery, who was able to set the Wildcats up at the B.C. Rain 7-yard line.
Two plays later, Henderson punched it in as the Wildcats went up 25-0.
On the ensuing drive, Tyre Gray picked off Ty Rogers and was able to shake off tackled for a pick-six that led to a 32-0 advantage for Benjamin Russell.
At this point, the Red Raiders’ offense started showing signs of life thanks to Darius Howard and Carl Williams.
Williams scored from seven yards out late in the third to put B.C. Rain on the board, and Howard ended up with 47 yard rushing and a touchdown.
Williams gained 51 yards on five carries for the Red Raiders.
The final score came on the legs of Chase Burton, who scored from three yards out with 9:29 left in the fourth.
“We ran the ball well out of the Wishbone, and we hadn’t practiced that a whole lot,” Horn said. “At times we ran the ball fairly well and at times we made bonehead mistakes that set us back. We’ve got a lot of work to do and a short time to do it.”
Burton led all runners with 101 yards on 19 carries. Norris had 61 total yards (38 rush). Passing, Gray was -for-9 for 31 yards.
BRHS fumbled four times and lost two of them, but forced three B.C. Rain turnovers. The Red Raiders outgained the ‘Cats in total offense 242-221.